Yan Yue Dao (偃月刀)

Ming Chinese Kwan Dao Reclining Moon Saber
Drawing of a Yan Yue Dao, from 'Chou Hai Tu Bian (《籌海圖編》)'.
Yan Yue Dao (偃月刀, lit. 'Reclining moon glaive'), also known as Da Dao (大刀, lit. 'great glaive') and Guan Dao (關刀) because of its association with legendary Chinese general/war deity Guan Yu (關羽), is arguably the most iconic Chinese polearm. This weapon is also known as Chun Qiu Da Dao (春秋大刀, lit. 'Spring and autumn great glaive') in modern martial arts communities.

Yan Yue Dao is very similar to Zhan Ma Dao (斬馬刀) and can be used in pretty much the same manner (as both are glaive-like polearms). However, Yan Yue Dao has a trailling point blade and a sharpened protrusion on the back of its blade that aids in parrying, distinguishing it from other Chinese glaives. Yan Yue Dao also usually mounts a three-sided butt spike.

Most Yan Yue Dao are extremely heavy and considered impractical for the battlefield. Nevertheless, lightweight version intended as practical weapon do exist.

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